[Catalyst] Sanity Check -- requesting feedback on chaining approach

Dave Rolsky autarch at urth.org
Thu Feb 17 19:50:38 GMT 2011

On Thu, 17 Feb 2011, will trillich wrote:

> Okay, so there's a link in a web page that the browser sees that tells it
> "when following *this* link, ask for a CSV file, as opposed to that normal
> HTML hooey you usually ask for." How do we do that, if not thru a URL?


> Or maybe I'm missing something really obvious...

You need to read the Cat::Action::REST docs.

Basically, it implements proper REST semantics, and then adds a bunch of 
hacks to get around the fact that browsers suck ;)

The nice thing about the hacks is that they're mostly transparent when you 
write your own controller code, so you can just pretend that every request 
came from a properly RESTful client. In my experience, this makes for 
_much_ cleaner controller code, even if you never actually add support for 
any client besides browsers.

I should blog about this some time.


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